CARES Act AllocationDART received $229 million from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, enacted on March 27.
CARES Act funding can be used for capital, operating and other expenses incurred to prevent, prepare for and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. DART has provided transit service through the pandemic to ensure North Texans have access to essential jobs and medical facilities.
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration has distributed $25 billion in federal funding to the nation's public transportation systems.
Federal Prioritiesfor the Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill
The DART System has grown rapidly because the agency has leveraged nearly every federal grant and financing program available. Predictable, long-term funding allows agencies and local governments to make long-range plans and major capital investments.
A new federal surface transportation authorization bill is needed to replace the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) when it expires Sept. 30.
DART supports the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) recommendation for a federal investment of $105 billion over six years to fund critical projects that will repair, maintain and improve our public transit and passenger rail systems today and in the future.
APTA estimates that for every $1 billion invested in public transportation, we create or sustain 50,000 jobs across industries. Every $1 invested in public transportation generates approximately $5 in economic returns. Maintaining and expanding our public transportation network represent a commitment to growing jobs, supporting our communities and providing expanded mobility options.
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